Wednesday, March 21, 2007

We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song

Verve Records has gathered a top-notch group of genre-spanning artists and a legendary producer to create the new 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song, ' a heartfelt, loving tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald (release date - June 5).

It's the signature album in a series of releases that are part of the label's year-long celebration of Ella's 90th birthday year. We All Love Ella: A Celebration of the First Lady of Song' is produced by hit maker Phil Ramone and filled with passionate performances of classics made famous by Ella and sung by world-renowned singers and break-out stars Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Etta James, k.d. lang, Queen Latifah, Ledesi, Dianne Reeves, Linda Ronstadt and Lizz Wright.

Whether it's Diana Krall's tender "Dream A Little Dream", Natalie Cole's swingin' "A-Tisket, A-Tasket", k.d. lang's sultry "Angel Eyes" or the extraordinarily sassy and powerful "Blues in the Night" by newcomer Ledesi, the performances on 'We All Love Ella' keenly display Fitzgerald's expansive musical range and show how her style influenced generations of musicians from all backgrounds.

"It's an amazing group of people who wanted to be on this record. I think the common goal was to express their love for Ella", said Ramone, the production innovator whose credits include 32 Grammy nominations, 14 Grammy Awards and an Emmy among other honors and accolades.

Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her catalog continues to be as popular as ever and her iconic stature is undiminished. Fitzgerald would have turned 90 on April 25, 2007.

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